It is traditional here in Italy to display a "Presepio" - usually a highly intricate representation of the birth of Christ in an even more intricate setting showing every type of scene that your space/budget will allow. The best (and most expensive) figures have long come from Napoli and the photo above shows a Presepio made in the 18th century for the King of Napoli, Carlo III.
With this, I wish you a very Happy and Joyful Christmas and a great New Year. I am still slaving away with our impending house move, so will be off-air for the next couple of weeks now. Ciao a tutti e Buon Natale!
Yes, the bookcase will resurrect again soon. Spero.
The Bank of Italy Governor, Antonio Fazio, has finally resigned. The sound of relieved breathing can be heard everywhere in Italy at the news of the departure of a man that has brought back memories of the infamous "Clean Hands" campaign that started in 1992, in Milano, just around the corner from where I have been living for the past 3 years, the Pio Trivulzio Old People's Home.
Thank goodness. It will be "interesting" enough to see how the next election builds without having a man like Fazio, facing as he does very serious charges of abuse of Public Office, creating a hornets nest of excuses for politicians whilst they defend the appaling financial position that Italy has plunged into over the past 5 years.
Apologies for the brevity of this piece but we are not only facing the fun of Christmas at home, but we are moving house as well. A nightmare indeed! A presto!